These are precarious times for the Marvel Movie empire. Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel Studios boldest venture yet in live-action filmmaking arrives in theaters in just a few weeks. Then, this fall, the first in what hopefully will be a long-term collaboration between Marvel and its parent Disney to create animated Marvel films, will open in a cinema near you, Big Hero 6. New details have been revealed about who’s playing who in the film, and along with that, there’s a new trailer for the flick that shows a lot of humor and hints at some very big action. To say nothing else, it looks fantastic!
Based on the Marvel Comic, Big Hero 6 is about a group of heroes created the government to defend the metropolitan mash-up of San Fransokyo (in the comic book it was Japan, but what the heck). Unless I’m mistaken, this is the first time we’ve learned about the voice cast, and from the sounds of it, it’s a pretty eclectic group with a heavy emphasis on comedic actors. “We’re so impressed with what these performers have been able to bring to their characters,” said co-director Don Hall (Winnie the Pooh). “The story really calls for each performer to give a wide range of emotions — from light-hearted to some seriously heavy moments — and this cast has been incredible.”
In classic Marvel fashion, let’s do a run down (courtesy of IGN):
“Voice by Ryan Potter (Supah Ninjas, Senior Project), robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada has the mind of a genius—and the heart of a 14-year-old: his state-of-the-art battle-bots dominate the underground bot fights held in the dark corners of San Fransokyo. Fortunately, big brother Tadashi redirects Hiro’s brilliance, inspiring him to put his brain to the test in a quest to gain admission to the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology. When a tragic event changes everything, Hiro turns to a robot named Baymax, and they form an unbreakable bond—and two-sixths of a band of high-tech heroes on a very important mission.”
“Scott Adsit (30 Rock, St. Vincent) provides the voice of the world’s most compassionate robot. Baymax cares. That’s what he was designed to do. The plus-sized inflatable robot’s job title is technically Healthcare Companion: With a simple scan, Baymax can detect vital stats, and given a patient’s level of pain, can treat nearly any ailment. Conceived and built by Tadashi Hamada, Baymax just might revolutionize the healthcare industry. But to the inventor’s kid brother Hiro, the nurturing, guileless bot turns out to be more than what he was built for — he’s a hero, and quite possibly Hiro’s closest friend. And after some deft reprogramming that includes a rocket fist, super strength and rocket thrusters that allow him to fly, Baymax becomes one of the Big Hero 6.”
“Voiced by T.J. Miller (HBO’s Silicon Valley, Transformers: Age of Extinction, How to Train Your Dragon 2), fanboy Fred comes off like a laid-back dude with no direction. But this sign-twirling, monster-loving, comic-book aficionado is sure to go places — when he’s good and ready. For example, Fred doesn’t hesitate to join Big Hero 6, and he has a lot of ideas for his superhero skillset, too. His ferocious, fire-breathing alter ego comes complete with claws, integrated communications and a super bounce. But his sign-spinning may still come in handy.”
“Jamie Chung (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Once Upon A Time, The Hangover Part II & Part III) steps up as the voice of the aptly named Go Go Tomago, who knows what it takes to be fast. She’s tough, athletic and loyal to the bone, but not much of a conversationalist. Popping bubble gum and delivering well-placed sarcasm are totally her speed. The daredevil adrenaline junkie is at her best on wheels, and when Go Go joins forces with Big Hero 6, she rolls like never before, using maglev discs as wheels, shields and throwing weapons.”
“Damon Wayans Jr. (Let’s Be Cops, Happy Endings) provides the voice of Wasabi, who’s committed to precision. He’s super smart and just a touch neurotic, but the big and burly beatnik can’t help but join the cause when Hiro needs him most. As part of Big Hero 6, Wasabi amplifies his martial arts skills with jaw-dropping plasma blade weaponry. Sharp doesn’t even begin to describe this guy.”
“Genesis Rodriguez (Tusk and Run All Night) was called on to help bring Honey Lemon to life. It’s elemental when it comes to chemistry whiz Honey Lemon. Don’t let her glasses and funky fashion fool you: Honey may be as sweet as her namesake, but she has a fire in her belly and a can-do attitude that make her pretty much unstoppable. Her knowledge of alchemy proves powerful, too, when the effusive brainiac becomes part of the Big Hero 6 and creates clever concoctions that when thrown, can get her team out of nearly any jam.”
Rounding out the voice cast is Maya Rudolph as Aunt Cass, Alan Tudyk as Alistair Krei, James Cromwell as Professor Robert Callaghan, and Daniel Henney as Tadashi Hamada.
Now that you know who’s who, let’s take a look at what they’re getting up to. Here’s the new trailer courtesy of Comic Book Movie:
Who thinks the robot Baymax is going to be the breakout star of this thing? Between using the scotch tape to patch himself up, and the low battery equals robot drunkenness gags, this looks like its going be really fun as well as impressively animated and action packed. Hopefully the combination of Disney Animation and Marvel Comics will be a potent one, and lead to a successful series of animation projects starring Marvel heroes. Time will tell. Three and a half months to be precise.
Big Hero 6 will be in theaters everywhere on November 7, 2014.